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From a concerned husband

Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 pm by ConcernedYorkieHubby

Hello everyone,

This is probably a little unconventional, but I’m a man who is here because his wife has been diagnosed with vulvodynia. The poor girl has been suffering with vulva pain for around 10 years now, and I’ve been by her side through the pain and tears and doctors misunderstandings the whole way, and we’re both exhausted and terrified by the whole experience.

I’m sure a lot …

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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25


I am a 25 year old woman and wanted to share my story here as I feel frustrated by the suggestions of my gyno and am hoping for some advice.

To give the context for this: in September 2016 I moved in with my long term boyfriend after living abroad a year and (nearly) abstaining from sex. Within a few weeks I had got a yeast infection which I treated myself successfully, but then 2 weeks …

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Hi girls! New in this forum

Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:31 pm by Gaby

Hi everyone!

Also joining the V club, Here my story:

It all started last year in september with a very bad throat infection for which i had to take antibiotics for about a month. This cause several yeast infections (candidia albicans).... one after the other!. I had them every month from october 2017 till march 2018. During this period i use an incredible amount of anti-fungal creams and …

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Newbie and feeling helpless

Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:52 pm by Taylor1

Hi, I found out a few weeks ago that I have this condition, started off at the end of April as a uti took strong antibiotics then got a thrush infection and now this.. My doctor has tried me on amitriptyline and gabipentin and both made me so poorly I couldn't take it plus I have seen what long use of these drugs has done to my mom for pain and its not good. I am using coconut oil which does …

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I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)

Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:13 am by anikita

Hi lovely gals!

I'm honestly hoping to get any bit of advice anyone might have to offer. I go from bouts of sobbing hysterically in my boyfriend's arms to feeling confident that I can beat this.

I haven't been actually diagnosed with vulvodynia but EVERYTHING under the sun has come back negative. I started having sex 4 years ago after starting Lo Loestrin, with my first and current boyfriend …

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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured


Every so often I'm reminded of the constant, persistent, horrible pain I was in two decades ago, and I reach out to try to help others who are suffering. If someone had offered me a solution during that terrible time, I'd have jumped at it. I hope this helps someone.

Yes, I did have terrible vulvodynia. It felt like someone poured acid all over my vulva. My doctor confirmed it and was …

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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Feels like theres no help out there!!!!

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Feels like theres no help out there!!!!

Post  laura224 on Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:40 pm

I am a 28 year old female, who has been suffering for the past two years, with endless visits to my doctor, gynaecologist, GU clinic ect. my partner ended up having an affair and leaving me because of this, it also affects my social and work life.
Sex has always been painful for me and i would be in pain for days after it and also bleed, I then got a yellow/green discharge and chronic stabbing/burning pains in my vaginal area, my partner had admitted to having an affair and thought he had given me an STD, so have had swabs done on at least 10 different occasions by different people, but they come back negative but sometimes says there are abnormal white cells.
I had a laperoscopy where mild endometriosis was found and lasered off and was told that this was only the cause for painful sex, not for my other pain and discharge, i then had a hysteroscopy where i was told my womb and vagina looked fine and they couldnt find a cause for the discharge!! i have had my bloods and urine tested which also come back clear, and also had my urethra looked at which was also normal.
My doctor told me i could be suffering from vulvodynia and prescribed me amitryptelene, which sometimes gives me some relief, however it doesnt last long!
It is really affecting my everyday life, sometimes the pain gets so bad i cant walk, i feel stressed and depressed and have not had much support offered to me, does anyone have similar symptoms? or can offer anything else to try???


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Re: Feels like theres no help out there!!!!

Post  stephsue on Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:46 pm

Hi Laura -
Sorry to hear you've had so many medical issues! That is so tough. Have you gotten a chance to see someone who specializes in vulvar or vulvovaginal disorders? That is a good starting off point for you. Unfortunately even many OBGYN's still aren't terrifically knowledgable about these things. Fortunately, there are many MANY other things you can try besides amiptryptiline, but seeing a good specialist would be the best way to determine which would make sense for you.

If the pain is all burning/stinging then it could be a skin issue (sometimes people even are treated by dermatologists, but again, not all may know that much about VV). For this people will try topical steroids, topical estrogen and/or testosterone cream if there is a hormone imbalance contributing to things - I also try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet (google Dr. Weil anti-inflammatory food pyramid for a good reference), and while I'm unsure how much it is helping the VV, it definitely improves my health overall!

You might also have some pelvic muscle issues, which I would imagine would be even more likely since you've had a few surgeries. Again, you would need someone knowledgeable to diagnose this and refer you to a PT, who might then help work out some of those muscles and do biofeedback to teach you to relax them. There are also other drugs that you could probably try if the amitryptiline is not doing much for you.

It can be hard to find a good specialist depending on what area of the country you are in - I have lived in Boston and NY and could recommend people there if you want to PM me, and I'm sure members of the forum from other areas could make recommendations too. You can also go talk to some doctors and see how much they know about vulvodynia/vulvar vestibulitis/pelvic floor dysfunction. If they are familiar with all of these things then that is a good starting off point and they may be able to help, or at least refer you to someone who knows about them! Hope that you are able to find some relief and a good clinician to help you!


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